Aikido Kokikai NYC

275 Water Street, New York, NY

Please note that we have just moved to a new location at Warrior Bridge, an intimate “Zen-styled” ground floor space at 275 Water Street in the South Street Seaport. Our new class schedule is:

Mondays, 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. basics, 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., 8:20 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. advanced
Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Due to the blizzard, class on Monday, January 26th is cancelled.

Prospective students are welcome to watch or participate. For more details, including information on other classes offered, see Warrior Bridge.

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art that teaches coordination of mind and body to develop calmness in action and the strongest human condition. It is a highly effective system of self-defense that does not depend on muscular strength. Aikido techniques can be effective without harming the attacker, making practice comfortable and ethical self-defense an ideal. Aikido was created in Japan in the early twentieth century by O-sensei Morehei Ueshiba, who is regarded as one of the great martial artists of modern times.

Aikido Kokikai was founded by Sensei Shuji Maruyama, an “uchideshi” (student who lived in the dojo) of O-sensei. Sensei Maruyama was one of the first Aikido instructors sent from Japan to America, coming to the United States in 1966. There are now over fifty Kokikai dojos throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, Russia and Japan.

Aikido Kokikai NYC was founded by Gary Snyder, a seventh degree black belt who has practiced martial arts for more than 35 years. Snyder was the instructor of the Princeton University Aikido Club from 1986 to 1991, and has been the chief instructor of the Columbia University Aikido Club from 1992 through the present. In 2005 Snyder opened Aikido Kokikai NYC in the East Village, which moved to Chelsea in 2007, and in 2015 moved to the new location at Warrior Bridge in the South Street Seaport.

For more information, contact us by email.